Company responds to minister's Tynwald statement
The Steam Packet Company says it’s considering its next move after Infrastructure Minister Phil Gawne outlined options for future sea services.
In a statement during last month’s Tynwald sitting, Mr Gawne revealed there were three choices as his department considered what do to next about the linkspan user agreement.
He said a tender process could start in 2022 for a new operator to take over in 2026, the user agreement could be ended early and new tender sought, or the government could sign a new deal with the Steam Packet Company.
Today, the company said it had “carefully considered” Mr Gawne’s statement and is now developing a proposal.
It says it will approach the department with a revised framework for guaranteeing future services for residents, visitors, businesses and the local economy.
And the Steam Packet says it will take note of a proposed public consultation on the issue.
But it says it won't be commenting further on the matter at present.